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UNDATED (AP) — Thirteen flood-related deaths have now been confirmed in Missouri. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the new total during a visit to Perry County, where a record crest along the Mississippi River is predicted. Meanwhile, floodwaters have started spilling over a levee protecting the Missouri town of West Alton. The mayor is ordering anyone who hasn't yet evacuated to get out. About 520 people live in the town about 20 miles north of St. Louis, near where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers converge.
CHICAGO (AP) — The defense attorney for the white Chicago officer charged with murder in the death of a black teenager says his client wants to tell his side of the story so that he's not seen as a "cold-blooded killer." Officer Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty today to murder charges in the 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Squad car video showed the white officer shooting the black teen 16 times.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas teenager found in Mexico with his mother will be sent back to the United States. A Mexican official says the two will be put aboard a commercial flight to Houston sometime today. Ethan Couch was on probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck. The case was known for its "affluenza" defense, in which an expert blamed the teen's wealthy parents for coddling him into a sense of irresponsibility. Prosecutors now say they will ask a judge to transfer the 18-year-old's case to adult court at a hearing next month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military official in Iraq says coalition airstrikes have killed 10 Islamic State leaders over the past month. U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren says they were killed mainly by drone strikes in Iraq and Syria. He says several of those killed were linked to the Paris attacks or other plots against the West.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say at least one person aboard a small plane is dead after the plane crashed into a commercial building in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Fire officials say the plane clipped the corner of an office building before crashing into the side of the commercial building next to it. It happened early this morning before many businesses opened, and officials say no one on the ground was hurt. A witness says it happened in windy conditions and it didn't sound like the plane was having engine trouble.
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